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The time has come for EU countries to protect their whistleblowers

Written by Alice McCool on Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Today, Transparency International published its new report ‘Whistleblowing in Europe: legal protections for whistleblowers in the EU’. How is the lack of whistleblower protection in many EU countries deterring the global fight against corruption? 


Today, Transparency International published its new report Whistleblowing in Europe: legal protections for whistleblowers in the EU. Unfortunately the UK is only one of four European Union countries with legal frameworks for whistleblower protection that are considered to be advanced. The other 23 countries profiled in the report have partial very limited or no whistleblower protections in place.

The report explains how this lack of strong whistleblower protections in Europe not only hurts whistleblowers who rightly expect not to be fired demoted or harassed for reporting crimes. These shortcomings are also harming the citizens, the economy, the rule of law and the environment of Europe. When political corruption, financial misconduct and environmental crimes go undetected and unpunished, everyone loses.

Wrongdoing like this can only be stamped out with the help of whistleblowers. And these people can only blow the whistle if they no longer have to fear being punished. The report therefore calls for swift action by all EU countries to pass new or strengthen their existing whistleblower laws. Anything short of absolute, loophole-free protection for whistleblowers would rob Europe of a valuable partner in fighting corruption: the people.

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Alice McCool

Alice formerly worked for Transparency International UK as our Campaigns Officer. You can tweet her via @McCoolingtons.

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